The Best Laptop Deals of 2021

All the best laptop deals available this week

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Spring has arrived, there's a certain hopefulness on the breeze, and if your pockets are lined with the latest stimulus check, it's a great time to shop the best laptop deals happening this week. While the best desktop PCs pack, on average, a little more performance-per-dollar, laptops are an incredibly versatile and portable option, and are becoming almost a necessity in this hybrid work-from-home/in-office culture.

Where do your start your quest for a shiny new lapotp? Your first consideration should be the hardware. You want a machine that's built to do exactly what you need, but you don't want to overspend on features (or horsepower) you're likely never going to need. For a pure productivity solution, you can probably look at the less expensive end of the spectrum, and focus on a notebook (or even Chromebook) with a decent CPU for multitasking and enough local storage for any files/media you want to keep close to hand. For gaming or video editing, you'll need a mighty dedicated GPU, likely at least 16GB of RAM, and an SSD capacious enough to stash your games and fast enough to mitigate the pain of loading screens (and boot time).

For a broader look at your options, our best laptops roundup has all the latest and most capable machines available. Or for an even more portable option, take a look at our selection of the best iPhone deals. If you're in the market for a new video card, check out the best cheap graphic cards deals, or read on for the best laptop deals happening right now.

HP Envy 17-inch Laptop (Save up to $200)

HP Envy 17t
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HP currently has a big promotion happening on their online store, with some amazing deals on laptops and peripherals. The savings on the Envy 17-inch notebooks are easily some of the best, with optional touchscreens, 10th Gen chips from Intel, a range of GPU options from Iris Xe to discreet Nvidia cards, and some excellent storage options, many of which combine capacious traditional hard drives with lightning-quick SSDs for the best of both worlds.

In his review, Jonno praised the Envy 17t for its "ample screen real estate and attractive grouping of specs across the board, all for a fairly reasonable price." Shaving another several hundred dollars off retail makes the Envy an even more attractive proposition, and the huge number of configuration options means you're almost certain to find something well-tailored to your specific use case.

New 16-inch Apple MacBook Pro (Save $300)

Apple MacBook Pro (16")
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If you're committed to Apple's walled garden and their signature design aesthetics and production quality, now's a great time to upgrade to their latest MacBook Pro. Even if you're not a massive Apple enthusiast, getting $300 off a powerful, sleek, gorgeous laptop (which rarely sees discounts) is a pretty tasty offer.

The latest, 16-inch iteration of the MacBook Pro packs a very powerful 9th Gen Core i9 processor from Intel and AMD's Radeon Pro 5500M chip, driving a crisp 3072x1920 Retina display. The latest Pro is a beautiful fusion of elegant industrial design with the horsepower you need for virtually any productivity or gaming task you throw at this machine, and shaving a few hundred bucks off the price is the perfect icing.

Razer Blade 15 (Save $414)

One of the best discounts on gaming laptops happening right now is this markdown on the Razer Blade 15. The 15 is Razer's flagship gaming laptop, and the 2020 model is a beast, sporting a mighty10th Gen Core i7-10875H and an RTX 2070 for graphics, one of Nvidia's powerful Turing cards with dedicated hardware for ray tracing and DLSS.

The Razer is also bristling with next gen ports (including Thunderbolt) and, as you'd expect from the world's leading authority on Full Gamer Aesthetic, it can be configured to explode with a rainbow of RGB color. But even if you turn off all the bling, the Razer Blade 15 is an absolutely amazing gaming laptop, and a great deal on sale.

Gateway 14-inch Ultra Slim Notebook (Save $270)

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ICYMI, Gateway is back. The company that made cow spots cool(ish) in the 90s is back in the laptop game, and they're delivering the goods with this 14-inch, ultraslim notebook. It's powered by a 10th gen chip from Intel, a 256GB SSD, and has lots of fun extras, like a fingerprint scanner and custom-tuned audio by THX.

Best of all, it's slim, shiny, sleek, and very light. It's a mere 3.5 pounds, and the satin finish on the clamshell is genuinely really attractive, particularly on the blue and rose gold models. At less than $450, it is priced incredibly competitively against similarly specced machines, so grab it before it's out of stock.

Dell Chromebook 3100 (Save $110)

Dell Chromebook 3100
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If you're looking for the best cheap laptop deal, this Chromebook 3100 at Dell is definitely in the running. Already a great value, knocking $100 off the top to bring the price all the way down to $249 makes this a perfect machine for college students, commuters, or anyone with a limited budget.

Just because it's a cheap laptop doesn't mean it's underpowered, though. It packs some fairly impressive hardware for this price range, with an Intel Celeron N4020 and an 11.6-inch HD display. It's a great option for kids, as well, designed to be durable and with a spill-proof keyboard that'll withstands up to 12 ounces of liquid. It's even got reinforced brackets on the ports so they won't loosen up or rock out of place regardless of how often you're plugging and unplugging.

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon (Save up to $1,372)

Lenovo ThinkPad X1 Carbon
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A great deal on a fantastic machine, Lenovo's versatile ThinkPad X1 Carbon is currently a massive $1,488 off MSRP. Packing a capable 10th Generation Intel® Core i5-10210U Processor and a speedy SSD, this super thin, lightweight laptop is ready to crush all the productivity tasks you throw at it without clogging up your messenger bag.

It's also stylish as hell, with a crisp FHD IPS display and a maximum battery life of nearly 20 hours. But the Gen 8 X1 Carbon isn't all looks—it's one of the most durable laptops in Lenovo's portfolio as well, "tested against 12 military-grade requirements and more than 200 quality checks to ensure it runs in extreme conditions." Make sure you enter promo code THINKMAR at checkout for maximum savings. What's more, teachers and students can save an additional 5% on top of this discount by verifying their ID on the product page.

Microsoft Surface Pro 7 (Save up to $350)

Microsoft Surface Pro 7
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Microsoft's flagship in the tablet/laptop hybrid space is hugely popular for a reason. While it may not be the most innovative iteration of the Surface, the Surface Pro 7 is a beautiful fusion of power (with a 10th Gen Intel processor, up to 16GB of RAM, and up to a 1TB SSD) and design.

The main selling point is the Pro 7's flexibility and versatility. Want a generous sized, incredibly powerful tablet to slip into your bag/backpack? Or do you prefer a touchscreen laptop with dedicated peripherals? In either configuration, the Surface Pro 7 is one of the lightest and thinnest models of its class and all SKUs are currently on sale from Microsoft, in a package that includes a Pro Type Cover.

Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5 (Save $330)

Lenovo IdeaPad Flex 5
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Walmart is currently hosting a great deal on the IdeaPad Flex 5 from Lenovo, shaving $330 off retail. It's a flexible, light, 14-inch matte black beauty, and it's got the brains to match (a Ryzen 3 4300U from AMD).

This is a capable laptop at close to the price of a tablet, and that FHD 14-inch touchscreen is a bargain at this price. There's also a speedy 128GB SSD to get you booted up quick and shorten load times, and a built-in webcam for all your Zoom and Skype needs. It's a great home office machine, or a fill-in anytime you can't get to your desktop.

Samsung Galaxy Chromebook (Save $100)

Samsung Galaxy Chromebook

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Samsung may be primarily known for their line of high quality smartphones, but they've recently applied some of their learnings in the mobile space to a line of excellent, fully-featured Chromebooks. Best Buy has this great example on sale now, and at $100 off it's a steal.

It's a fantastic choice for creators, with an incredibly sharp, 13.3-inch 4K AMOLED touchscreen. It's got the hardware to back up that display, as well: a 10th Gen Core i5, 8GB or RAM, and a 256GB SSD. It's fully Bluetooth enabled, so you can easily pair it with your wireless accessories, and even comes with a stylus with 4096 levels of pressure and tilt, so you can write or draw on the screen as though it's real paper.

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